26 November 2018

Bloodstock South Africa dominated feature race action at Turffontein on Saturday, with former BSA purchase Hawwaam landing Saturday’s G2 Dingaans, and another BSA buy, Ghaalla, capturing the G3 Fillies Mile on the same day.
Both Hawwaam and Ghaalla are trained by Mike de Kock and both horses race in the famous blue and white silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The G2 Dingaans was an all BSA affair, with the first four home, Hawwaam, Thanksgiving, Green Haze and National Park, all having been bought off the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Trained by Duncan Howells, the Gary Player Stud bred Thanksgiving was a R900 000 buy, with the Lammerskraal Stud bred Green Haze having cost R350 000 and the Yvette Bremner trained G3 Graham Beck Stakes winner National Park (bred by part-owner the Missing U Syndicate) fetching R240 000 at the National Sale of 2017.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the impressive Hawwaam made it two wins from as many outings when slamming a high class field to land the 2018 Dingaans by an emphatic 3.4 lengths.
Given a confident ride by Gavin Lerena, the poorly drawn Hawwaam was dropped out early and raced towards the back of the field for much of the race.

He powered home from off the pace to record his first graded victory in emphatic fashion, with Hawwaam stamping himself a major G1 Cape Guineas contender in the process.
When asked when he thought he had the Dingaans won, Lerena replied, “At the 800; he was travelling that well.”

Hawwaam, who was knocked down to Shadwell South Africa for R1 000 000 at the 2017 National Yearling Sale, is a son of Maine Chance Farms’ multiple champion sire Silvano, and he numbers the unbeaten rising star, and fellow BSA graduate, Rainbow Bridge as a half-brother.
Varsfontein Stud bred filly Ghaalla stamped her ticket to December’s G1 Cape Fillies Guineas when accounting for a field which included Equus Champion and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Return Flight in Saturday’s Fillies Mile at Turffontein.
The blue blooded Var daughter, poorly drawn at 12, did well to slot in mid-field under jockey Randall Simons. A flying I Like It – who’d won an Assessment Plate at the Vaal just four days earlier – took immediate advantage on the inside rail as front running Return Flight tired with 500m left to run.
All the while, Ghaalla and Simons were making up ground down the middle of the track. They threw everything into a final lunge for the line and pipped the game I Like It and jockey Sherman Brown on the post.

Ghaalla was the top lot sold off the 2017 National Yearling Sale, where the filly was signed for R5 000 000 by Shadwell South Africa under the name of Goddess Var.

A daughter of dual Champion Sire of 2YOs Var, Ghaalla is out of the winning Captain Al mare Fidelity –a half-sister to Spook Express Handicap winner Justthewayouare (dam of Fidelity’s G3 winning three-parts brother Captain Splendid) and dual G2 winner and Varsfontein’s prominent young stallion Master Of My Fate.
Ghaalla has now won or placed in five of seven outings (she was runner up in last season’s G2 SA Fillies Nursery and third last time out in the G3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes) and looks another exciting prospect produced by the 2017 National Yearling Sale!
Bloodstock South Africa would also like to thank Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his ongoing and loyal support of South Africa’s premier sales company and wish him all the best going forward.